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There isn’t a good time to have a flat.  Period.  But with that said, if you’re prepared for it, you can minimize the pain of dealing with it.  Slime has been gooping tires shut for a few years now, and their Smart Spare kit is a repair kit that offers a “no knuckle busting” approach to getting you back on the road.

I know, I know.  Sealing a tire with slime isn’t really recommended, and the guy at the tire place is likely to hate you when he finally pulls it off to fix it.  (Either that or he’ll wonder why it won’t balance afterwards.  Then he’ll hate you.)  But when it’s hot as hell and you’re stuck on the side of the road in an $800 suit (don’t ask)…  Well, as Tom said in his pre-crazy Risky days, “Sometimes in life, you just gotta say…

Slime uses “fibro-seal technology,” which in English means fibers, binders, polymers, and congealing agents that intertwine and clot to seal punctures up to 1/4″ in tubeless tires & 1/8″ in tube tires.  It really is best used for emergency applications only where changing the tire is difficult or you don’t have the arm power to roll a spare on.

The smart spare kit contains both sealer and an air pump, so there’s no need to jack up the car or remove the wheel — just install tire sealant, plug in the air compressor, turn it on, reinflate the tire, and drive to your nearest tire care center.  The whole situation can be remedied in about 15 minutes.  (Not counting the wait at the tire center.)

We can’t stress enough that this is not a permanent fix.  The Slime treatment does not seal your tire for evermore.  You’re good to go for a few miles, but don’t push it. It’s a handy alternative for those less inclined to grab for a tire iron, though.

Street pricing starts at $24.

Smart Spare [Slime Sealant]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: Slime Smart Spare

  1. SuperJdynamite says:

    You could always just call AAA which fixes more than flat tires. Plus you don’t have to crouch down on the side of the highway.

  2. Myself says:

    Yeah, but $25 for a Slime kit, or $8 for a patch worm kit and $10 for a compressor, beats a year’s AAA membership by a long shot.

    Plus, it’s quicker. Last time I had a puncture, I found it and patched it inside of 5 minutes, and had the tire back up to pressure in 5 more. That’s approximately how long it takes to _get a human_ when calling for roadside assistance.

    As for the $800 suit problem, a $10 set of disposable Tyvek coveralls (closeout.com, occasionally Sciplus.com) belongs in your car toolkit anyway. When I was living on the road and spending a lot of time far from civilization, I had a complete change of clothes packed into a sealed plastic bucket with a desiccant bag, just in case.

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